Countries Who Have Had The Most Olympic Medals Taken Away

Culture | 1/2/20

The Olympic Games, as we know them, have been taking place every 4 years since 1896. Over that time, thousands of medals have been awarded and countless athletes have become the heroes of their home nations.

But sometimes, athletes attempt to take unfair advantage in the games through performance enhancers or other means. Despite rapid advances in testing, many Olympians lose medals thanks to positive doping tests. There are also other reasons medals are lost, which are explained below.

Russia – 43 Medals

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When it comes to countries that have been stripped of their Olympic medals, no one comes close to Russia. The nation has had a startling 43 medals taken away, 32 more than the next closest country.

The reason for most of the medals lost is the use of performance-enhancing drugs. The first Russians to lose medals were Olga Danilova and Larisa Lazutina during the 2002 Winter games. The 2008 Summer Olympics were especially notable with 14 medals being taken from Russian athletes.